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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions – first look

Unlike Activision head Bobby Kotick, we don’t think the last five years of Spider-Man games completely sucked, and really enjoyed the last solo Spidey game, 2008’s Web of Shadows. Still, we do think the series could use a real shot in the arm, because as cool as swinging around New York is, we feel like that’s gone as far as it can for the time being. So when we got a peek at the next Spider-Man game, subtitled Shattered Dimensions (for 360, PS3, Wii and DS), we were excited to see that the Wallcrawler leaving New York was just one of the stimulating new ideas this game has in store for us.

Thanks to the Tablet of Order and Chaos being scattered to four different dimensions, four diverse Spider-Men need to work together to save the multiverse, only they seem to be working unbeknownst to one another. Though two of the four worlds remain a mystery for the time being, we do know that the Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir are two fourths of the game. We’ve already dabbled in guessing what the unnamed worlds are, so let’s delve deep into what we do know.


Amazing Spider-Man: Kraven Hunt


We started with checking out the Amazing Spider-Man, which takes place in more or less the standard universe we all know and love. But even though it stars Spider-Man in the classic red and blues, it’s far from normal for Spidey, as we saw him swing through an ancient looking city that had been mostly swallowed by the forest over time. The setting was much more Nathan Drake than Peter Parker, and it looks like a nice change of pace for the guy, as we get fresh air, not Times Square. And since it isn’t a sprawling sandbox like the Big Apple, it seems to follow a more linear path for the story, which would be a welcome adjustment over some of the aimless roaming in recent Spider-games.

The Web-head swung through these ruins in chase of Kraven the Hunter, one of Spider-Man’s earliest foes who has gotten little exposure in gaming, mostly thanks to him being dead the last couple decades. But this time, Kraven, who’s a bit like an evil Tarzan, and his cadre of henchmen have set up shop in these ruins and Spidey is hunting him down.

When we saw the Amazing Spider-Man enter combat, we were happy to see that some of the great combos and in-air battles that Web of Shadows did so very well were still there. Spidey bounced between enemies, taking them down quickly and coolly. Apparently the special attribute of the Amazing one is that he uses his webs a ton, constantly using it to tie up foes, make giant web fists, and disarming guys left and right with it.

When we got to the end of the section, Kraven appeared, the boss battle began, and we were again surprised as we watched the camera occasionally shift focus to first person, as we looked through Spidey’s eyes as he put a beating on the great white hunter. It not only shook things up in the battle, but it showcased some really cool facial animations on Kraven as he took his beating. Apparently first-person moments like that won’t be limited to battles, but that’s all we saw during our time with it. Overall “standard” Spider-Man was looking exciting enough on its own.

10 comments

  • kellen2000 - April 1, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    Nice! It looks kind of interesting, I may have to check this one out. I can't wait to see what the other 2 dimensions are
  • Cyberninja - April 1, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    i hope the ds version is at least as good as ultimate ds then i will be happy
  • Bo66x - March 31, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    agreed. hopefully they wont do spider-girl though...*shudder*... now THAT would be bad. Hopefully this turns out to be a truly great spiderman game, and gets rid of the simple bugs that made Web of Shadows annoying sometimes. Like how all the buildings had a reflection of a clear blue sky no matter what the sky currently was. This game could lead to some pretty crazy awesome stuff. Definetely looking forward to it.
  • ventanger - March 31, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Yea 2099 seems very likely, and (my favorite) Ultimate Spidey doesn't have that big a difference between 616 Spidey, plus Ultimate already has its own game, so that's unlikely.
  • ensabahnur - March 31, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    I doubt there will be a spider girl, but i have seen worse, and if it ties in correctly i really dont care, Arana wasnt it. Also probably Future Spidey, i think it was 2099 or something that story arc. Either way, im digging this game.
  • Personamanxx - March 31, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    Im Calling For 2099, and Ultimate Spidey to be playable. But then again the casual Spidey-Fan would not be able to tell the Mainstream Marvel Universe version of the character from his Ultimate Counterpart.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 31, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    Obviously I'm interested, and the idea of a stealthy Spidey makes me wet, but so far this game looks sorta sketchy... And honestly, I loved Web of Shadows.
  • ventanger - March 31, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    I'm afraid I don't share your confidence that Spider-girl won't be wedged in.
  • crumbdunky - March 31, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Jebus! Could it be a good Spidey game to follow a good Bats outing? I'm afraid I don't share GR's love for WoS which I felt was, largely, a PoS myself. A couple of nice touches in combat aside I found the game(wherever you played it )yet another morale sapping exercise which looked fleetingly OK only because we could still remember the ennui and thumb cramp from SM3! Lets just hope that they aren't going to stick TOO rigidly to what worked so well for AA and Bats, though, and just take their cues from it and get the balance right between being faithful to canon and just giving us some kickass superhero game play. So far, and we've seen very little, it's very promising, imo. Be better if the developer had more of a decent track record but I'm all for an ignored bridesmaid getting their go in the big, white dress-just so long as they don't fluff their lines at the altar of failed tie ins.
  • Mudrock - March 31, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    Spiderman Noir? Spider-rorschach!

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